The Religious Spirit is an Abusive Bully?
What is a “spirit of religion”?
WikibullyThe spirit of religion is a demon and his minions in charge of infiltrating and perverting the church with pride and judgmental self-righteousness. With this spirit in charge, your ego is encouraged to run your spirituality. You are always “in the right” and most everyone else in the world (except those in your infinitesimally small “in” club) are deceived and worthy of your patient pity… perhaps they will come to their senses and escape the coming judgement… for not believing all the right things like you do… for not having all their theological ducks in a row as neatly as you do… for not knowing what you know as an “enlightened one”.
Those infected with the demonic spirit of religion the worst seem to be among the most honored teachers and “mentors” in the church they have study Bibles named after them, yet they resist the Holy Spirit (even to the point of actively campaigning against the work and move of the Holy Spirit) and throw their brothers or sisters (anyone who disagrees with them) under the bus. They will appear “right” in everything they say to those whose hearts are trained in the ways of fear. They will warn you of the great apostasy while leading the charge headlong into apostasy (which is the departure from childlike wide-eyed wonder and trust and complete all out surrender to our loving heavenly Papa).
The main order for deliverance from a religious spirit is intercessory prayer that will soften the hardened heart of those who are in bondage to the religious spirit so they can in humility be changed.
Then the religious spirit must be confronted in a process to repent, to renounce and to break all behaviour patterns influenced by this spirit.
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Here is a list of statements that can be used for deliverance as the person(s) with Godly sorrow speak them with sincerity, humility and submission to:
1. Repent And Renounce
I repent and renounce every opening, known or unknown in my generations that I have given to a religious spirit in my family line even back to the 10th generation.
I repent and renounce every opening, known and unknown in my personal life that I have given to a religious spirit, and every work of darkness connected with it.
Character of God
I repent for not fully receiving Your love, compassion, mercy, grace and forgiveness and I renounce any belief that You, Father are distant and judgmental.
I choose to embrace all aspects of Your character and to intimately know You.
I repent for allowing myself to be led by any other spirit than the Holy Spirit.
I repent for relying on my own intellect in worship, praise, prayer, reading of the Word and spiritual Warfare.
I repent and renounce all legalism, traditions and religious formulas.
I repent and renounce all participation in dead works.
I repent and renounce all dullness to the things of God.
I repent and renounce hardness of heart
I choose for the oil of Your Holy Spirit to flow across my heart.
My Behaviour Patterns
I repent and renounce placing man’s opinion of me above Yours.
I repent and renounce compromises of the truth, of my integrity and of my purity.
I repent and renounce all compromises in my attitude toward sin.
I repent for my lack of transparency for covering sin, for not confessing sin, for not receiving correction for being defensive and quick to justify and rationalise my sin.
I repent and renounce all deception and hypocrisy.
I repent and renounce all pride, arrogance and self-righteousness.
I repent and renounce all comparison, judgment, criticism, gossip, jealousy, covetousness and anger.
I repent and renounce all persecution and slander of those moving in the Holy Spirit.
I repent and renounce every act of rebellion that has reinforced the spirit of religion in my life.
I choose to have obedience as my heart attitude.
I choose to no longer partner with the same spirit that killed Jesus and that continues to attempt to kill the work of the Holy Spirit today.
I choose to no longer oppose God.
I break every hex, curse or vow, every spell, incantation or ritual.
I break every covenant and blood covenant, every sacrifice and blood sacrifice.
I break every ungodly soul tie, every ungodly generational tie in my family line.
I break any other legal right, known or unknown, for the spirit of religion to stay.
Spirit of religion, as the Body of Christ, I and those with me come against you:
We refuse to allow you to steal our intimate relationship with our Lord.
We refuse to allow you to kill the flow of the Holy Spirit in us.
We refuse to allow you to destroy the anointing of others through us.
We choose to receive the anointing to break the power of the spirit of religion in the Church of Jesus Christ in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
3. Proclaim The Lordship Prayer
Pray this prayer to invite Jesus to be the Lord and Master of each area of your life.
Even for some mature Christians, the only reason that the demons are still present in their lives is that Jesus is not Lord of one or more areas of their life.
Meditate on this prayer for each area of your life and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden sin(s). Repent and confess these sins thereby closing the door to these evil spirits.
Then these spirits have no legal right to remain and they must go from you, (James 4: 7-10). Then a time of refreshing shall come upon you, (Acts 3:19-20).
Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned and I acknowledge my need of You.
I thank You for dying on the cross for me and I accept You as my Saviour.
I invite You now to be Lord of every area of my life:
Lord of my spirit, all of my worship and my relationship with You;
Lord of my mind, all my thoughts, all my attitudes and all my behaviour;
Lord of my emotions, all my feelings and all my reactions;
Lord of my will and all my decisions;
Lord of my body and all my physical health;
Lord of my eyes and all that I look upon;
Lord of my ears and all that I listen to;
Lord of my mouth and all that I speak;
Lord of my hands and all that I do;
Lord of my feet and everywhere that I go;
Lord of my sexuality and all its expression;
Lord of my family, my entire home, all my pleasure and all my relationships; Lord of my time, all my work and all my service for You;
Lord of my material goods, all my possessions, all my finances and all my needs.
Thank Jesus that Your blood was shed that I might be set free.
You and You alone are my Lord and Master, Amen.
Now that you have repented, renounced and broken all relationships with the spirit of religion and have proclaimed Jesus as Lord of every area of your life, walk in freedom with the Holy Spirit.
Alternative or Additional Prayer
“Father God, creator of heaven and earth, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your Son.
I come as a sinner seeking forgiveness and cleansing from all sins committed against you, and others made in your image.
I honour my earthly father and mother and all of my ancestors of flesh and blood, and of the spirit by adoption and godparents, but I utterly turn away from and renounce all their sins and iniquities.
I forgive all my ancestors for the effects of their sins on me and my children.
I confess and renounce all of my own sins, known or unknown.
I renounce and rebuke Satan and every spiritual power of his affecting me and my family, in the name of Jesus Christ.
True Holy Creator God, in the name of the True Lord Jesus Christ, in accordance with Jude 8-10; Psalm 82:1 and 2 Chronicles 18, I request you to move aside all Celestial Beings, including Principalities, Powers and Rulers, and to forbid them to harass, intimidate or retaliate against me and all participants in this ministry today.
I also ask that you prevent these beings of whatever rank from sending any level of spiritual evil as retaliation against any of those here, or our families, our ministries, or possessions.
I renounce and annul every covenant made with Death by my ancestors or myself, including every agreement made with Sheol, and I renounce the refuge of lies and falsehoods which have been hidden behind.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I repent and renounce every opening, known or unknown, that I or my ancestors have given to every spirit of Religion in my family line.
I repent and renounce every spirit of Religion or religious spirit, and every work of darkness connected with it.
I repent for not fully receiving your love, compassion, mercy, grace and forgiveness; and I renounce any belief that You, Lord, are distant and judgemental. I choose to embrace all aspects of Your character and to intimately know you.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I repent for allowing myself to be led by any other spirit than Your Holy Spirit.
I repent for relying on my own intellect in worship, praise, prayer, reading the Bible, God’s Word, and spiritual warfare.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I repent and renounce all legalism, traditions and religious formulas, and participation in dead works, dullness to the things of God, and hardness of heart.
I now choose to invite the Holy Spirit to lubricate my heart with His oil, and make it pliable to accommodate all the things God wants for me.
I repent and renounce every man’s opinion of me where this is different from the opinion of my Heavenly Father.
I repent and renounce all compromises, of the truth, of my integrity and of my purity.
I repent and renounce all compromises in my attitude towards sin.
I repent and renounce my lack of transparency for covering sin, not confessing sin, for not receiving correction, for being defensive and quick to justify and rationalise my sin.
I repent and renounce all deception and hypocrisy; all pride, arrogance and self-righteousness.
I repent and renounce all comparison, judgement, criticism, gossip, jealousy, covetousness, and anger.
I repent and renounce all persecution and slander of those moving in the Holy Spirit, especially those leaders God had placed in authority over me.
I repent and renounce every act of rebellion that has reinforced the spirit of religion in my life.
I choose now to have obedience to God and His Word as my attitude.
I choose to no longer partner with the same spirit which killed Jesus, and that continues to attempt to kill the work of the Holy Spirit today.
I come out of agreement with the enemies of the Most High God, and I choose to come into agreement with God my Father, with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
In the name of Jesus Christ I now break every hex, curse, vow, every spell, incantation or ritual, every covenant, blood covenant, every sacrifice and blood sacrifice.
I break every ungodly soul tie, and every generational tie in my family bloodline which does not honour the Holy Spirit and His works.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I now break every other legal right, known or unknown, for the spirit of Religion to stay in my life, or in my family’s lives.
I speak now with the Body of Christ to every spirit of Religion, and we say to you we come against you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we rebuke you in His name, and we refuse to allow you to steal our intimate relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
We refuse to allow you to kill the flow of the Holy Spirit in us, and in our congregations.
We refuse to allow you to destroy the anointing of the Holy Spirit through us.
We choose to receive the anointing to break the power of the spirit of Religion in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, dear Father God, I ask humbly for the blood of Jesus Christ, your Son and my Saviour, to cleanse me from all these sins I have confessed and renounced, to cleanse my spirit, my soul, my mind, my emotions and every part of my body which has been affected by these sins, in the name of Jesus Christ.
I also ask to receive the perfect love of God which casts out all fear, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I ask you, Lord, to fill me with your Holy Spirit now according to the promises in your Word.
I take to myself the whole armour of God in accordance with Ephesians Chapter Six, and rejoice in its protection as Jesus surrounds me and fills me with His Holy Spirit.
I enthrone you, Lord Jesus, in my heart, for you are my Lord and my Saviour, the source of eternal life. Thank you, Father God, for your mercy, your forgiveness and your love, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
The first prayer is taken from: Dealing with Costly Words & Actions” by Dr. Selwyn Stevens, (ISBN 978-18772037-42-9) published by Jubilee Resource International Inc., PO Box 36-044, Wellington Mail Centre 5045, New Zealand. Copying of this is both permitted and encouraged provided reference is made to where it comes from.